May 02 2016
For students wishing to register in Chinese language classes for the Fall and Winter 2016/17, we have updated screening dates!
March 24 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Kuo-Chan Sun for winning the URI Outstanding Mentorship Award!
March 24 2016
East Asian Studies Students Win Awards at National Japanese Speech Contest!
March 11 2016
2014, 120 min, Dir: Yu-ching Chen, Shi-lun Chou
Mandarin with English subtitles
Sunflower Occupation depicts the dramatic standoff that ensued when student protesters in Taiwan occupied their national parliament to protest the passage of a free trade pact with China. Characterized as a protest to save Taiwan's democracy, their demonstration offers a window into the politics of one East Asia's most dynamic societies.
Ticket: $5, or free for U of A students.
March 04 2016
Japanese Placement Tests confirmed for language classes in Spring/Summer and Fall 2016.
The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of East Asian Studies; one of the most dynamic and exciting departments in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. We offer courses on the languages and cultures of China, Japan and Korea at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. In the past five years, our Korea courses have experienced an especially dramatic increase in student interest, and we are working hard to meet that demand, in part by adding a new faculty member for the 2016-17 academic year.Read more...